Work continues on what will be a 50-foot-high steel sculpture to honor the service members who died during the July 16 shooting in Chattanooga.
The sculpture-created by Peter Lundberg-will serve as a symbolic tribute when it is officially raised Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
Lundberg’s sculpture will be the 18th installation at the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. The unique sculpture will begin underground as a steel structure. A concrete cast will be formed and cured. It will then be unearthed with a large crane and moved to its standing position.
“For the people of Chattanooga who have recently lost loved ones, it is impossible for me to express my sadness,” Lundberg said in a statement. “My sculptures are inspired by nature and express rudimentary elements of life, nature, science, spirituality and passion. I hope the families of the fallen and the entire community see this sculpture not as a memorial, but as a tribute-a celebration of their lives.”
Examples of Lundberg’s work can be viewed here.
The original idea of the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park was to create a world-class sculpture garden with “larger-than-life monumental art.” The park will eventually include walking paths, a water feature, a children’s hands-on sculpture garden and an amphitheater. It will also include 75 monumental works of sculpture from all over the world.